I have to agree that many of the people pictured fell within their categories. There were a few labeled overweight who looked OK, but nearly every one of the persons labeled obese or morbidly obese were very clearly obese.
I don't have a problem with the terms fat, obese, etc. I think we need to own up to what we are and decide what we are going to do about it. Right now, I am on the BMI borderline between overweight and obese. I don't feel good about my condition, especially since I am 10 lbs heavier than I was six months ago, none of my clothes fit right, and, most importantly, my physical fitness has declined.
If someone is obese and feels good about it, doesn't have any health consequences, has a positive body image, is able to function well, then more power to ya. The problem is very few people in the obese category feel good. Even if you ignore the body image issues, most obese people lack energy, have trouble with movement, have sleep apnea, are working on a case of diabetes, etc.
We need to focus on fitness of our minds and bodies. You can be fit and overweight, perhaps even fit and obese. But if your mind and body are not functioning well, it doesn't matter where you fall on the BMI scale.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin
| current weight: 146.0